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Jesus Christ paid the penalty for my sin through his death on the cross. I know that every single person has been born into sin, and sin is a crime against God who is perfectly holy. There is nothing good in me to offer to God. Jesus Christ gave Himself as the sacrifice to save me from God’s eternal wrath. By His grace, I am delivered from death. When I placed all my faith and confidence in Christ, I was born again – brought to new life with the Holy Spirit of God dwelling in me! God has raised Jesus from the dead, and Jesus is Lord.As best I recall, this took place when I was a child in Tucson, Arizona. When I think about this important event, I remember:
…being raised in a Godly home by parents who were faithful to our local church. When the gospel was explained to me as a child, I knew I needed Christ. I remember learning to love God as my heavenly Father at an early age.Since I received Christ, I can see God’s hand at work changing me and equipping me for His service in the following ways:
As a young person, God gave me a desire to worship and praise Him. Being called into Christian ministry is a thrill, and I want to see the nations praise Him! With the psalmist, I can say, “sing to the Lord, all the earth” (Psalm 96:1)
God’s hand in my life equips me to love my wife and to faithfully train my children to obey His Word.I was scripturally baptized by my childhood pastor, Virgil Jones, at Flowing Wells Assembly of God, Tucson, Arizona, in 1968. He was a gentle man of God whose influence the Lord used to bring me to Christ. I am also grateful for the influence of my mother, whose godliness I will never forget, and my grandmother, who bowed her knees to pray for me every day of my life.
Because of your love for me, you made a way for me to be with you forever. I knew that sin was a problem and that it separated me from you. I was so happy to understand that Jesus took away my sins by nailing them to the cross. I believe that Jesus was raised from the dead after He won the victory over death and hell. Through Him, I can live and have victory too! I know that I belong to Jesus and have accepted Him as the Lord of my life. I’ve turned away from evil, and I’m now walking with the Lord.
...hearing the evangelist Billy Graham preach on television. I felt that I needed to pray and ask the Lord to forgive my sins and to trust Him for salvation.Since I received Christ, I can see God’s hand at work changing me and equipping me for His service in the following ways:
As soon as I received the Lord, I noticed that I had a new love for my sister. I also had a desire to hear God’s Word and read it.I was scripturally baptized at my other grandparents’ church in Holly Springs, Iowa in July, 1969.
We love being together and can talk for hours. My mother is my best friend (along with my dad, sister, and brother). She is a treasure, and I am so glad that God placed me in her life and gave us the special bond of mother and child. She inspires me, comforts me, and builds me up. I can only hope that in the coming years I will be as much of a blessing to her as she has always been to be.
I love you, Mom!
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"Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 1:2
TEM'PLE, n. [L. templum.]
1. A public edifice erected in honor of some deity. Among pagans, a building erected to some pretended deity, and in which the people assembled to worship. Originally, temples were open places, as the Stonehenge in England. In Rome, some of the temples were open, and called sacella; others were roofed, and called oedes. The most celebrated of the ancient pagan temples were that of Belus in Babylon, that of Vulcan at Memphis, that of Jupiter at Thebes, that of Diana at Ephesus, that of Apollo in Miletus,that of Jupiter Olympius in Athens, and that of Apollo at Delphi. The most celebrated and magnificent temple erected to the true God, was that built by Solomon in Jerusalem.
In Scripture, the tabernacle is sometimes called by this name. 1 Sam. 1-3.
2. A church; an edifice erected among christians as a place of public worship.
Can he whose life is a perpetual insult to the authority of God, enter with any pleasure a temple consecrated to devotion and sanctified by prayer?
3. A place in which the divine presence specially resides; the church as a collective body. Eph.2.
4. In England,the Temples are two inns of court, thus called because anciently the dwellings of the knights Templars. They are called the Inner and the Middle Temple.
Greater love has no one than this,
that someone lay down his life for his friends.
“For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish
but have eternal life.
Happy Valentine's Day!